Problems in fluid mechanics involving complex flow simulations require far more speed and capacity than that provided by current and proposed Class VI supercomputers. To address this concern, the Navier-Stokes Computer (NSC) was developed. The NSC is a parallel-processing machine, comprised of individual Nodes, each comparable in performance to current supercomputers. The global architecture is that of a hypercube, and a 128-Node NSC has been designed. The performance of the NSC scales almost linearly with the number of Nodes. New architectural features, such as a reconfigurable many-function ALU pipeline and a multifunction memory-ALU switch, have provided the capability to efficiently implement a wide range of algorithms. To illustrate the architecture, programming, and several of the capabilities of the NSC, the simulation of two-dimensional nonsteady viscous flows on a prototype Node, called the miniNode, is presented.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Applied Mechanics Division, AMD|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1986|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanical Engineering